A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.
~ from ‘Mapping Love’ by Joe, First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018
Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers (years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.
- Register your school for Poetry Object 2019
- Download our learning resources
- Write and edit your poems
- Submit to Poetry Object via the link sent in your registration confirmation email.
- Spread the word! Share this page with teachers and colleagues.
Submissions open: 15 April
Submissions close: Friday 27 September (5pm AEST)
Shortlist announced: October
Winners announced: November-December
About Poetry Object
Alongside the competition, we publish curriculum-aligned learning resources and commission professional poets to create new poems and deliver poetic learning workshops.
Since 2011, Poetry Object has encouraged creative literacy and community connection across Australasia. Each year we engage around 3000 students across 200 school communities, with publication outcomes across planes, trains, galleries and cinemas, and with inventive partners such as the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Art Gallery NSW, Rex (Regional Express Airlines) and more. We've published over 15,000 poems by teachers and students so far.
In 2019, Poetry Object is also encouraging teachers to engage with visual arts, science and humanities to create multimodal outcomes.
Prizes & Judging
Book a workshop for 2019! Poetry Object workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in meaningful ways.
Extend on your ideas: use creative arts, music or STEM to create a gallery or exhibition piece inspired by your group's poetry! Inspiration and more information here.
A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.